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home : obituaries : obituaries May 25, 2016

11/5/2013 10:13:00 AM
Margaret (Peg) E. Osterby (nee Bakke)

Margaret (Peg) E. Osterby, 91, of Hopkins, formerly of Annandale, and Green Valley, Ariz. passed away peacefully on Oct. 29, 2013, surrounded by family.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, West 50th St. and Vernon Ave. at Hwy. 100, Edina. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m., and also at the funeral chapel. Private interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Camp Friendship, Annandale or Annandale United Methodist Church.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Norman Osterby and her sisters Lois Frazier and Helen Romo. She is survived by son Greg (Connie) Olson; grandchildren, Katie (Nick) Crosby, Lynn (Tim) Heeren, Matt (Candi) Olson and Adam Olson; eight great-grandchildren; step-children Erik Osterby and Krisan (Jay) Benson and their daughter Kaj.

She grew up in northeast Minneapolis, the oldest daughter of George and Stella Bakke. Her family encouraged intellectual curiosity, and it was there that she developed her love of reading, gardening, travel and all people.

She retired as a teacher from Meadowbrook Elementary in Golden Valley in 1980 after 30 years of devotion to her students. Peg thrived on imparting a love for learning to her young students and arrived at school with an exuberance that was as vibrant her last day as it was her first. She attributed the elegance and grace she exhibited as a teacher to her education and experiences at Miss Woods' Teacher College and Macalester College.

Peg and Norm retired to Annandale where she became an active citizen of her adopted community and worked tirelessly as a member of the Improvement Club and the United Methodist Church of Annandale. She was particularly devoted to Camp Friendship and used her educational skills to promote the goals and good works of Camp Friendship.

In their later years Peg and Norm spent their winters in Arizona, enjoying making new friends, the mild climate and desert scenery. She particularly enjoyed the new challenges of desert gardening. She maintained her intellectual curiosity and openness to new ideas until her passing, often involving family and friends in discussions of today's news.

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